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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 7DIRECTING A HORROR FILM

“Horror is about making mental things physical.”

—JOHN CARPENTER

It has been said that horror is one of the hardest genres to direct simply because the director is always walking a tight line between what is believable and what isn’t. If there is one false step along the way, it all crumbles like a house of cards. It’s very easy to underestimate and lose your audience or create something laughable and boring. As the director, you must choose your material and storytelling style wisely. This is key to everything that will follow.

Your primary job is to bring the script to life and oversee all creative aspects of the filmmaking process, from preproduction to final product. It’s a tough world out there; when a ...

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